Ways to keep safe from the Zika virus and mosquitoes

JACKSON, Tenn. —-Friday, the Food and Drug Administration recommended new testing for all blood donations nationwide. “We will have to begin testing like we do for other viruses that we have been testing for a number of years,” said Nikki Watlington, director of Quality and Regulatory Services at Lifeline Blood Services. The changes are expected to be put into place…

Tennessee Valley Authority approves $10.37 billion budget

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a $10.37 billion budget for fiscal year 2017. President and CEO Bill Johnson has made diversifying TVA’s energy generation fleet a priority. According to a news release from the utility, at its quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Johnson highlighted completion of a Watts Bar Nuclear Plant reactor near Spring City…

Officer killed while responding to 2nd domestic call at home

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a police officer who was fatally shot in eastern Tennessee was responding to the second domestic disturbance in the same day at the home. Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said officers lacked probable cause to take the suspect into custody the first time they were called to the home in Maryville, on Thursday morning….

Nonprofits donate $100K to fight bat-killing fungus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two nonprofits will donate $100,000 to fight a fungus that’s killing cave bats in many places, including Kentucky. The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2bFQxIE ) reports that Bat Conservation International and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will support three research projects to fight the fungus that causes a lethal disease known as white-nose syndrome. The…

Jury rules Chattanooga failed to give officers pay raises

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A jury in Hamilton County has ruled that the city of Chattanooga failed to give police officers promised raises and to maintain fair conditions of employment. The Chattanooga Times Free-Press (http://bit.ly/2cfNnRc ) reports that on Thursday the jury awarded 25 officers more than $560,000 in back pay for the time that they worked without receiving the…

Court approves $1.6 million settlement of air-pollution suit

BALTIMORE (AP) – A judge has approved a $1.6 million settlement of a 16-year-old air-pollution lawsuit against a western Maryland paper mill. U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis signed the consent decree Friday involving the mill in Luke, currently owned by Verso Corp. of Memphis, Tennessee. The agreement is between the federal government and WestRock Co. of Norcross, Georgia. WestRock is…

Guard gets diversion in Memphis bus passenger’s death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say a security guard has been placed on a special type of probation in the death of a Memphis city bus passenger. Shelby County’s district attorney’s office says 52-year-old Adicus Mitchell was placed Friday on three years’ diversion. Under the diversion program, Mitchell’s conviction will be erased from his record after three years of good…

Maker recalls fresh-cut vegetables from stores in Southeast

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from grocery, discount and convenience stores across the Southeast because the food may be contaminated with potentially fatal Listeria bacteria. Conroe, Texas-based Country Fresh Inc. said Friday that the recall involves its vegetable products shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The…